Thermal imaging giant FLIR is continuing to show their commitment to helping the commercial drone industry grow. Today, commercial pilot network DroneBase announced that FLIR has made a strategic investment in the company, which will help them to scale their themal imaging services.
FLIR will be the exclusive provider of thermal imaging equipment to DroneBase – and will provide training on their products for the DroneBase network of professional drone pilots. Thermal imaging is a critical tool for many drone applications, including inspections of power grids, industrial roofs, and solar panels.
“FLIR is the leading provider of advanced thermal and infrared sensors, and by working with them, together we will expand a breadth of use cases for thermal aerial imagery for enterprises, including buildings, solar, utilities and more,” said Dan Burton, Founder and CEO, DroneBase. “We’ve had many of our enterprise clients request thermal imagery and data, but until now, there hasn’t been a scalable way to provide this service nationwide. By developing advanced thermal training for our pilot network through FLIR’s Infrared Training Center, we will be able to provide thermal flights nationwide to businesses to help them make more informed decisions.”
The following is a DroneBase press release.
ARLINGTON, Va., and Los Angeles, Calif., April 10, 2019– FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) and DroneBase, Inc. announced today that FLIR has made a strategic investment in DroneBase, a global drone operations company that provides businesses access to one of the largest Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (UAS) pilot networks. The investment establishes FLIR as the exclusive provider of thermal product solutions and as the official small UAS thermal imaging training provider for the DroneBase enterprise pilot network through the FLIR Infrared Training Center (ITC).
“Our investment in DroneBase helps expand the adoption of FLIR thermal imaging technology by putting it in the hands of more pilots who fly drones every day,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR. “DroneBase’s enterprise pilot network will receive training by professional thermographers, enabling DroneBase to offer specialized thermal inspection services for customers on a wider scale, and creating an opportunity for FLIR to incorporate additional service offerings through DroneBase in the future.”
DroneBase and its pilots have completed over 100,000 commercial missions in more than 70 countries providing services across multiple industries, such as residential and commercial real estate, insurance, telecommunications, construction, and media. FLIR and DroneBase will collaborate to develop specialized training for DroneBase pilots through the FLIR ITC, creating an exclusive pilot network through a DroneBase certification process.
“Through FLIR’s strategic investment in DroneBase, we are now able to offer scalable thermal solutions to enterprises of any size,” said Dan Burton, CEO and Founder of DroneBase. “This access to valuable data will allow stakeholders to make better decisions about their most critical assets. Like myself, many DroneBase pilots relied on FLIR products when they served in the military. This integration will offer military veterans a chance to work with FLIR again and leverage their training in their civilian lives.”
To learn more about DroneBase visit DroneBase.com.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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